Thursday, 25th April 2019


Foundation Degrees are university level qualifications which combine work-based learning with normal academic study. These <a href=">qualifications were designed by universities, colleges and employers, to offer a higher education qualification focusing on a particular job or career path.

Why do employers like foundation degrees?

A foundation degree focuses on a specific job, and is open to potential or current employees in that field.

The aim of the qualification is to increase the practical and technical skills of the student, in order to provide better understanding and productivity in the workplace.

Because of these benefits, many employers offer foundation degree courses to their employees, and are willing to provide financial support for the duration.

What is it equivalent to?

A foundation degree is equivalent to two thirds of a full Honours Degree and can be taken at a number of higher education institutions over a two-year full-time study period. Foundation degrees are still fully flexible, available to study part-time.

Upon completion of a Foundation Degree, graduates can opt to continue with a third year of study, leading to an Honours Degree or other higher education qualifications; with a foundation degree, there are many opportunities for progression into your chosen career path.

In terms of its academic value, a Foundation Degree is the approximate equivalent of a BTEC Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma (HND).

For more information on Foundation Degrees, including a list of employers that offer the course, please follow the below link:

UCAS Foundation Degree Search